Hot Quinoa Flake Porridge

Photos & Recipe: Ellie Shortt

Porridge oats can bog you down, but quinoa will help keep you feeling full and light…

Quinoa PorridgeEllie is a nutritionist and a friend of ours and she is kind enough to share some of her recipes with us. This one – a happy alternative to steel cut oat porridge – is a winner. It’s light, easy on the digestion and endlessly customizable. DYI toppings can truly make this a dish you can claim as your own.

Check out Ellie at Whole Happy for more ideas.


1 cup coconut milk or almond milk (I prefer unsweetened, unflavoured)

1/3 cup quinoa flakes

Pinch of sea salt

Suggested Toppings (Pick three or four)

Goji berries

Dried mulberries

Dried blueberries

Chopped dried apricot

Chopped dried fig

Hemp hearts

Raw honey

Pure maple syrup

Sautéed pears

Chopped banana

Dark chocolate chips

Coconut manna

Nut or seed butters such as almond butter, pumpkin seed butter, tahini etc.


Set a small to medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the coconut milk or almond milk to a boil.

Once boiling, add in the 1/3 cup quinoa flakes, and a pinch of salt, turn off the heat and give the cereal a stir. *Note: at this point you can add any flavouring you like such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, or pure vanilla extract.

Let the cereal sit for 3 minutes, (set your timer here) to allow the quinoa flakes to cook through.

Give it another stir, add any toppings you like, and enjoy!


*Better quality protein than oatmeal: quinoa contains a “complete protein” meaning that it has all the essential amino acids, while oatmeal’s protein provides only some of the essential amino acids.

*Quinoa flakes have more fibre per serving,  which can help with weight management, blood sugar regulation, digestive health, etc.

*You can make this breakfast in only five minutes! 

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